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Miniapolis @ Plaza Indonesia

What do we do when Olive turned another month old? Skip her usual gym class for some free play of course!

We were late for gym class due to the ever nasty traffic in Jakarta so I made a spontaneous decision for Olive to just skip all the potential classes we could attend that day, and trade them for some free play at Miniapolis instead.

This indoor play park on the 3rd floor of Plaza Indonesia consists of 5 main attractions:

1. Zee & Milo’s Hideout
A double storey tree house with a centre stage, a slide, a play space with spongy lego-inspired and wooden blocks surrounded by balancing beams, and a colour-changing ball pit.

Olive trying out the balancing beam and messing with some bricks.

Olive in the ball pit, again the safest place for toddlers.IMG_3505

Olive on the 2nd level of the treehouse.IMG_3591

This tree house is recommended for children above 5 years of age and we can see why. The ladders, steps, and platforms up to the 2nd floor were pretty steep for Olive. Most of the areas were also not padded.IMG_3586

2. Mr Crick’s Express
An indoor trackless train ride.

3. Carlo Carousel
The carousel that Olive said “No!” to many times, possibly because she did not see anyone else enjoying the ride, plus it was mostly stationary.

4. Wish Garden
Another play space with slides and see saws, more suitable for toddlers but closed for renovation when we were there. Honestly, I am not sure if there will still be a Wish Garden because Rockstar gym will be taking over the space where Wish Garden was at.

5. Doodles
A creative playspace where art workshops and classes are held. We will try to participate in a class next time if we chance upon any.

Admission feesIMG_3443

Address & Contact
Plaza Indonesia Level 3
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 28 – 30,
Jakarta Pusat
P:+6221 2992 0000 ext.53129

On weekdays where we went, I could count the number of children at Miniapolis with one hand. Most times, the train and the carousel were not operating. The other Miniapolis branch in Jakarta, Kelapa Gading Mall has apparently closed down beginning of this year.

We probably will not be visiting Miniapolis anytime soon really because it is not the most toddler-friendly, but I certainly hope that they will reinvent their space, make it more enticing for a wider age group and keep their business sustainable. Plaza Indonesia is one of our go-to malls so an exciting but safe play space would be ideal, especially if us parents decide we want shop or dine in peace without our kid in tow.

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Tamani Kids Kafe

Olive and I went for our 2nd not-so-blind date in Indonesia with a fellow Instagram mother of 2 children at Tamani Kids Kafe, a café and indoor playground in one place.

We were supposed to go there for our first play date with another Instagram mother of 1, but changed our meeting place last minute as Tamani Kids closes on Mondays and Tuesdays.

It was a great place for me to “dump” Olive at the well netted and padded play space, watched over by our super helper, while I indulge in some ‘me time’ with mama Indah. One thing I constantly crave for being a SAHM is to have proper face-to-face conversations with people, adult people. While days of monologues are almost over ever since Olive entered toddlerhood, interacting with a kid, albeit interesting and rewarding, can also be pretty repetitive and draining.

Case in point:
“Olive, do you want to nap?” “No!”
“Do you want to sleep now so we can go out and play later?” “No!”
“Do you want some milk first?” “Milk milk! Milk milk!”
“Can we go to bed now?” “No! Mama, draw draw see?” (Olive pronounces ‘please’ as ‘see’)
“Let’s sleep first and we will draw later, ok?” “No! No! No! Draw draw! Draw draw!”
This conversation can go on and on and on, but I’m sure you get the drift.

It doesn’t help that I am based elsewhere, away from most of my friends and family. Many times, I resort to sharing news articles in whatsapp group chats in hope of discussions and debates on some current affairs. Other times, I simply beg ask them to talk to me about anything under the sun and stimulate me intellectually before I lose my mind. Yes I’m so desperate for adult conversations that I’m not a tad bit embarrassed to say it out loud. So my dear friends, if you happen to read this, you know what to do uh!

Sorry I digressed. Where was I? Oh yes, Tamani kids, awesome place to catch up with friends while leaving your kids at the adjacent play space from where you can steal glances at every now and then. They have a pretty extensive menu for adults and kids both and the food is pretty decent.

Ticketing counter, dining area & play space

Entrance fee: Weekdays Wed & Thu Rp48k per child; Weekends Fri to Sun Rp58k per child. Comes with free soft serve ice cream. Accompanying adults need not pay since you will most definitely be ordering food and drinks at the café anyway.

Address: Jl. Kemang Raya, No. 5 – A, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
Location is not accurate on google maps so search KindyROO Kemang instead and you will find the place faster. We drove round and round Kemang like headless chickens for a good 30min with bad traffic.

Contact: +62 21 7196256

Note: Bring socks. Call to check if the place is closed for private events. It’s a pretty popular place for kids’ birthday celebrations.


We had to leave Tamani Kids by 2pm due to a private event.


More photos of the Indoor playground

Olive and her play mate, Elijah. Most times they were running in different directions.

Olive being a monkey, tackling slopes and bridges on her own.

When in doubt, always head to the ball pit and dunk your children there. That’s probably the safest place for smaller children.


Olive at 17 months small, going on 18.